Atzmon or Asahina? Barenboim or Mintz? It is difficult for inquiring minds to tackle such abundant fields as classical music and opera, covering 10 centuries of history: there are really many conductors. Making a selection of musicians, such as a “top 10” for example, is a difficult and subjective exercise. A musical selection is often the expression of personal preferences or artistic opinions, very interesting but also very different according to critics or musicologists, or simply influenced by the context: will an English conductor not be instinctively privileged by an English critic?

For example: in Mexico, Alondra de la Parra, Mexican conductor, occupies a special place in front of the Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe, who is more distant but nevertheless more internationally renowned.

Timeline of conductors, between 1900 and 2000+ in Asia

Whoever wants to discover classical music or opera does not always have an experienced music lover, an expert or an educator at his or her side to support and guide him or her in these fields. So : Atzmon (Israeli conductor) or Asahina (Japanese musician) ? Muck (German-born Swiss conductor of classical music) or Chung (South Korean pianist and conductor) ? However, the knowledge available about musicians is enormous. It was processed to select the 10, 25, 50... most popular conductors around the world, for those living or having lived en Asia, between 1900 and 2000+. And this objectively, and for the first time (soClassiQ exclusivity).

Conductors rendered as a timeline to bring a little perspective:

ComposersConductorsReduce to conductors onlyLyrical singersPerformers WorldwideEuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsiaOceaniaAfrica 2020

This timeline is interactive to navigate through the ages or across continents (with ).

Top 10 conductors in Asia for the years 1900-2000+

Who are these greatest conductors, the most famous over the 1900-2000+ era in Asia? The carreer of these musician has marked the history of classical music. There are those you probably know, or at least by name and the others.

Here are these 10 conductors, renowned artists from around the world:

The musicians and artists who also composed were removed from this ranking.

The selections of musicians (conductors) proposed by soClassiQ are based exclusively on algorithms. The same applies to the composers, their works, the performers, the lyrical singers, les orchestras, and the venues : opera houses, concert halls or festivals.

What about the others? 25, 50 or more?

Summarizing to 10 musician names such a wide and diverse field may seem extreme or too simplistic for those who know classical music and lyrical art well, for those who can easily name 50 or more conductors. Shani, Zukerman, Zhang, Steinberg, Inbal, Comissiona, Long...

At this time, soClassiQ has listed more than 4400 conductors. So here is a selection of some conductors for the years 1900-2000+, in Asia, widely recognized around the world:


Ikuma DanThe great 20th-century conductors
1924-2001 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Zhang DingheThe great 20th-century conductors
1916-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Tan <strong>Dun</strong> Tan DunThe great 20th-century conductors
age 62 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Yutaka SadoThe great 20th-century conductors
age 59 (20th century)

Hideo SaitoThe great 20th-century conductors
1902-1974 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Ryuichi <strong>Sakamoto</strong> Ryuichi SakamotoThe great 20th-century conductors
age 68 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Heshmat SanjariThe great 20th-century conductors
1917-1995 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Konstantin SaradzhevThe great 20th-century conductors
1877-1954 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Kentaro SatoThe great 20th-century conductors
age 39 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Uri SegalThe great 20th-century conductors
age 76 (20th century)

David ShallonThe great 20th-century conductors
1950-2000 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Mohammad ShamsThe great 20th-century conductors
age 65 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Lahav <strong>Shani</strong> Lahav ShaniThe great 20th-century conductors
age 31 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

En ShaoThe great 20th-century conductors
age 65 (20th century)

Bright ShengThe great 20th-century conductors
age 64 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Noam SheriffThe great 20th-century conductors
1935-2018 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Tatsuya ShimonoThe great 20th-century conductors
age 50 (20th century)

Makoto ShinoharaThe great 20th-century conductors
age 88 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Keisuke ShinoharaThe great 20th-century conductors
1959-2011 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Yasuo ShinozakiThe great 20th-century conductors
age 52 (20th century)

Lan ShuiThe great 20th-century conductors
age 63 (20th century)

Satō ShuntarōThe great 20th-century conductors
age 48 (20th century)

Sergey SmbatyanThe great 20th-century conductors
age 32 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Daisuke SogaThe great 20th-century conductors
age 54 (20th century)

S. P. SomtowThe great 20th-century conductors
age 67 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Pinchas SteinbergThe great 20th-century conductors
age 74 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Makoto SuehiroThe great 20th-century conductors
age 61 (20th century)

Meirō SugaharaThe great 20th-century conductors
1897-1988 (20th century)
Composer & Conductor

Shi-Yeon SungThe great 20th-century conductors
age 45 (20th century)

Masato SuzukiThe great 20th-century conductors
age 39 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Hidemi SuzukiThe great 20th-century conductors
age 63 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Masaaki <strong>Suzuki</strong> Masaaki SuzukiThe great 20th-century conductors
age 66 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor


Masashi UedaThe great 20th-century conductors
1904-1966 (20th century)
Performer & Conductor

Masato UsukiThe great 20th-century conductors
1934-2011 (20th century)
Composer, Performer & Conductor

Some conductors to be celebrated very soon

Next month, more than 40 important artists and musicians will be honoured. In July 2020 some of them may celebrate a special anniversary. For others, amateurs and enthusiasts will celebrate the bicentenary of their birth or the fiftieth anniversary of their death for example. Among them, some famous conductors:

on 3, Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004), 90th anniversary (Birth),
on 7, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), 160th anniversary (Birth),
on 15, Leopold von Auer (1845-1930), 90th anniversary (Death),
on 21, Isaac Stern (1920-2001), 100th anniversary (Birth),
on 28, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), 270th anniversary (Death),

There are others to discover. And it is not too late to focus on the June 2020 celebrations (20+).

Always good opportunities to discover or deepen, (re)listen, explore the vastness and diversity of classical music...

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Last update : 2020-06-01

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